I definitely do not encourage gambling, and I will never touch it myself. But when I was young, a good gambling friend who took good care of me once said to me: “Gambling has the so-called ‘1137 principle.” After listening to it, I suddenly realized that.

Let me explain this theory. Suppose that you bet 1,000 yen at the beginning. If you lose the bet, then you bet 1,000 yen. If you lose again, you can’t just bet 1,000 yen to win the bet. In other words, because 2,000 yen has been lost, 3,000 yen must be bet this time. If you win by gambling, you can win 1,000 yen with just one shot, which is “113”.

What if you bet 3,000 yen or lose?

According to the “1137 principle”, the next step is to bet 7,000 yen, and from whether you are willing to bet 7,000 yen, you can see the difference between masters and ordinary people. If you win, even if you lose 5,000 yen in three consecutive losses, you can make a net profit of 2,000 yen if you win once. Therefore, the “1137 principle” is a rule followed by the gambling industry. In addition, if the odds are half and half, even if you lose three times in a row, the probability of winning the fourth time is high.

I remember that when I set up a stall at the flea market in Yoyogi Park, I had a colleague who aimed to “make a lot of money = sell all”. But while someone is making a lot of money, someone must pay a lot. Whether you sell second-hand books or second-hand clothes, you are facing customers. After all, the items sold can’t fully meet the requirements of customers, so as long as half of the products can cater to customers’ tastes, it is very good.

But the problem is that you can’t do business like this. Therefore, in order to make the business sustainable, maintaining 6:4 is the most ideal situation, even if the compensation is small, it is still within the acceptable range.

This principle also applies to work and daily life. Because everything can’t be done according to our presupposition, so if you want to realize your desire, you must first know how to surrender and be modest.

I think this is also the principle of dealing with others. When you are asking for someone, you might as well use the “1137 principle”, that is, at least three times at the beginning, and listen to the other person’s point of view with humility. This is how interpersonal relationships are constructed, absolutely not by any cunning means.

The same goes for mall transactions. If you want the other party to buy products with higher profitability, you have to deliberately give the other party a few more times to gain the other’s trust and make the other party feel that you are making money from buying things from you. After several iterations, the other party will buy more expensive items from you.

The “1137 Principle” also teaches us a philosophy of life, that is, in order to win consecutively, we must force ourselves to make certain things and certain decisions, although not all of them are good things. But on the contrary, even if you fail after fighting hard, you will achieve the “failure aesthetics” and win the admiration of others, and your own values ​​will change accordingly, and you will no longer care about winning or losing. Of course, it’s not that you fail deliberately. Good luck also requires hard work, but don’t overcalculate your gains and losses. In order not to be knocked down by fatal injuries, one has to learn to accept insignificant failures. This is a truth that is difficult to realize when you are young.

Senior sumo wrestlers are the best example. They take it seriously every time they play, and they will never overstep because of the opponent’s provocation. Because they understand that only in this way can they continue to work hard with a professional attitude.

The sumo world also has the so-called “small win aesthetics” of 8 wins and 7 losses, which can be said to be the driving force to persevere.